Health Benefits Of Chickpeas

Health Benefits Of Chickpeas

Legumes are a very healthy food. Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are no exception. Chickpeas have several health benefits and should be included as a part of your diet.

One of the major health benefits of chickpeas is their fiber content. One cup of chickpeas contains 50% of the daily recommended value. Two thirds of the fiber in garbanzo beans is insoluble fiber. This means that it passes unchanged through the digestive system, serving as a “push broom” to sweep the colon clean.

Chickpeas are also a good source of protein. The protein, combined with the fiber help to regulate blood sugar, which is important for diabetics. The fiber and protein keep the food from being broken down too quickly and releasing sugar into the bloodstream too quickly.

Another one of the health benefits of chickpeas is a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Just ¾ of a cup of chickpeas a day can lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides, reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Chickpeas contain a number of antioxidants. These nutrients help to prevent damage to the body caused by oxidation by free radicals. Antioxidants can help to protect the body from diseases like cancer, and from damage to the blood vessels.

To enjoy the health benefits of chickpeas, you can easily work them into your diet. They can be used in soups or salads, and they are a key ingredient in hummus. Unlike canned vegetables, there is very little difference in the nutritional value of canned chickpeas or those that you cook yourself. If you are short on time, the canned chickpeas are just fine. One suggestion to help you enjoy the health benefits of chickpeas is to try this garbanzo bean salad recipe.

 

garbanzo Beans – $3.95
from: OliveNation

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